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Empower pilots ‘first unmanned cooling plant’

January 2020

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has announced pilot operation of the world’s first unmanned cooling plant at Jumeirah Village Circle in Dubai, with a total cooling capacity of 50,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT).

Empower explained that the highest international standards have been maintained in the design and construction of the new plant, as it took into account the criteria of sustainable green buildings, and modern urban development in Dubai, as well as the general appearance of the district, and the external appearance of the buildings.

The corporation indicated that the plant leverages the latest technologies in district cooling systems and uses artificial intelligence to monitor and adjust the water flow to and from the cooling plant, via the thermal energy storage (TES) technology, which helps to reduce the burden on the grid during peak hours.

Moreover, treated sewage effluent (TSE) is used to conserve the natural resources.

Empower had, in December 2018, announced the awarding of the Dh250-million ($68.06 million) contract for the construction of the plant with a total capacity of 50,000 RT as part of its plan to expand its operations by increasing the number of district cooling plants across Dubai and serving the highest possible number of large-scale developments.  

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